Inline if using c#

Posted on 2014-12-07
Last Modified: 2014-12-28
Hi Experts,

I have  to display fields in UI based on Field setting file. In this file we can set each field to some value (0,1,2,3,4 etc) and retrieve this information and will show/hide/do something for the field in the UI. For instance to display a Name field it has just 2 values (0 and 1). Here is the code using inline if statement that will check if it is set to 1 or 0.




Public bool IsDisplayName


  int? paramvalue=Getvalue();

  return paramvalue.Hasvalue && paramvalue.value=1?true:false



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//Checking condition for ToDisplayName or Not

FieldSettings Prjconf=new FieldSettings();

//do something

//do something

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Similarly I have below  fields that have 3 and 4 values.I am confused if I should return bool or int and how to write them using inline (Fieldsettings.cs) and retrieve this information in class.cs file.

ToDisPlayAge(3 values)


ToDisplayMobile(4 values)

3=Thank you
Question by:ksd123
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Expert Comment

ID: 40485597
Me too, I became very confused :)
i did not get how and why "ToDisplayMobile" will return "welcome" or "Hello"

my advise is to use strong typing and user structures as datatypes for those values
since you using full coding block then no need to inline if just make your code clear
using if blocks

Author Comment

ID: 40485621
Just to understand my requirement I gave above example.In reality it is different,  but I have similar requirement as above.
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Assisted Solution

by:Mike Eghtebas
Mike Eghtebas earned 500 total points
ID: 40485840
In place of inline if, you could use a function call like:

This way you can have as many options you like. You need to make it work with your project.

     private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        private string FindResponse(int indx)
            string msg="";
            switch (indx)
                case 0:
                    msg = "Hi";
                case 1:
                    msg = "Hello";
                case 2:
                    msg = "Welcome";
                case 3:
                    msg = "Thank you";
            return msg;

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Author Comment

ID: 40486063
Please check my original question,I am looking for best way of achieving my task.
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Accepted Solution

Mike Eghtebas earned 500 total points
ID: 40486076
You add one simple function and that is it. I think it is simple all right. Inline if never can handle more than two.

Instead of:

return paramvalue.Hasvalue && paramvalue.value=1?true:false


return paramvalue.Hasvalue && FindResponse(1)
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Expert Comment

ID: 40486294
You're making things more complicated than they are.
1) About the conditional operator.
xx ? true : false

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is exactly the same thing as

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2) About nullable types
xx.HasValue && xx.Value == yy

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is nearly the same as
xx == yy

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In short, this
return paramvalue.Hasvalue && paramvalue.value==1?true:false

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can be rewritten as
return paramvalue == 1

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